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Odell Brewing Honors Traditional Brewing Roots with Woodcut No. 8(September 1) - On October 1, 2014, Odell Brewing will release Woodcut No. 8, a Barleywine-style ale aged in new American oak barrels. The eighth release in the revered series pays tribute to the brewery’s English style brewing roots. Each Woodcut offering is a truly limited edition beer with a unique flavor that comes from select hops, fine malted barley, and the brewers’ careful aging process. Each brew is aged in virgin oak barrels that are retired after the release. Website
  

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Highly anticipated Fetch Brewing Company opens in downtown Whitehall
(September 29) - It's a dream seven years in the making, and for one Whitehall couple, it's now a reality. Dan and Jen Hain have long dreamed of opening a microbrewery and on Monday, Sept. 29, they did just that when Fetch Brewing Company opened its doors to the public for the first time. Complete Story
 
Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier is from 'world's oldest brewery'
(September 29) - Billed as "the world's oldest brewery" comes this Oktoberfest offering at a moderate 5.8 percent alcohol. It reminds me of a light Lowenbrau. (Anyone remember Lowenbrau?) The malts are very subtle, and there is a bit of yeast flavor on the finish. I was expecting something a bit bolder – not in hops necessarily, but in stronger caramel flavor. There is a faint whisper of hops on the end, but that's it. Complete Story
 
Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome - 25th annual release!
(September 29) - America's first imported winter seasonal beer is still the benchmark: deep honey gold; full body and wonderful malty richness; soft floral finish plus fruity notes from fermentation in open-topped stone vessels. (Yes, stone: "Yorkshire Squares" made of slate.) Inviting, elegant, and satisfying! Complete Story      
 
Opening a brewery is expensive, requires hard work(September 29) - In 1994, Wong opened Highland Brewing, the city's first craft brewery since Prohibition, originally located in the basement of the Barley's pizzeria building on Biltmore Avenue. His system included used dairy tanks. In two decades since, he has opened a much bigger brewery, taken on investors and poured millions into the operation. Complete Story
  
Craft-brewery boom has state’s hops farmers scrambling(September 29) - Demand is growing for hops from the Yakima Valley, but farmers say there aren’t enough workers to keep up. It’s a big industry for Washington, which grows more than three-quarters of the nation’s hops. Complete Story
  
Brewery gets the go-ahead to operate at monastery(September 28) - A brewery has received the OK to operate on the grounds of a monastery in southern Indiana. The Ferdinand zoning board Thursday approved a special exception to allow Saint Benedict's Brew Works to operate at the Monastery Immaculate Conception. Complete Story
 
Shepherds of the hops: Father and son open new brewery in downtown Auburn, New York(September 28) - he craft beer scene has been washing over America for several years now, but you wouldn't know it in Cayuga County: Before 2014, the area was bereft of breweries. That officially changes this weekend with the opening of The Good Shepherds Brewing Co., a nanobrewery owned and operated by the father-and-son duo of Bob and Garrett Shepherd. Complete Story
    
Pennsylvania's North East barn reborn as wine shop, brewery, pub(September 28) - A historic North East barn is being reborn. The goal is to not only restore the landmark Cider Mill and farm, but also make the 1890s structure the foundation for a new business -- Arundel Cellars & Brewing Co. The venture brings together multiple generations of two North East families -- each deeply rooted in the winemaking and grape-growing industries. Complete Story
  
Planning Your Beer, Spirits or Wine Trade Show Participation(September 27) - BTN writes about the planning required by wineries, breweries and other brand owners to make their participation in Beer, Spirits or Wine Trade Show count. Complete Story
 
Russian River and Firestone Walker team up to keep Pliny the Elder on tap(September 27) - As you may well know, the folks at Russian RiverBrewing Company struggle everyday to supply an ever-increasing demand for their very popular Double IPA, Pliny the Elder. In 2008, Vinnie and Natalie Cilurzo, Co-owners of the brewery, got a screaming deal on used brewing equipment from their friends at Dogfish Head Brewing in Delaware. Complete Story
 
Central Michigan University brewing up state's first craft beer certificate program(September 26) - With the growing popularity of craft beer and the emergence of small breweries, Central Michigan University officials are planning a certificate program in fermentation science for the College of Science and Technology. Complete Story

Virginia Governor McAuliffe Samples Apocalypse Ale Works Beer(September 26) - Governor Terry McAuliffe told Apocalypse Ale Works in Forest that he liked their brew. The brewery got invited to the Governor's Mansion in Richmond last week to serve their 6th Seal Stout and Lustful Maiden Belgian Dubbel. It was all to celebrate Virginia Craft Beer Month. More than 90 micro-breweries are in the Commonwealth now. Complete Story
 
Mmm...beer: How Ann Arbor is a top beer destination in Michigan(September 26) - Part of the reason Michigan is becoming known as 'The Great Beer State' is because of cities like Ann Arbor. Whether you are looking to enjoy a cold one over business or pleasure, Greater Ann Arbor is proving itself to be a premier beer destination. Ann Arbor is, of course, home to Arbor Brewing Company. A staple of Ann Arbor since 1995, you'll find the perfect pairing of delicious beer and exceptional hospitality. Complete Story
  
Charlotte’s Sugar Creek Brewery set to open(September 26) - Every year, John Marrino returns to Germany, the country where he once lived and worked before drawing upon those years to build The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in 2009. The trip he took last May was an especially important one, as he was taking notes from every brewery and bar visited, looking for design elements or little touches that he might apply to the second brewery, which he just opened last month. Complete Story
   
Capital Brewery Wins 200th Medal(September 25) - At the 2014 North American Brewers Association recently held in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Capital’s flagship Wisconsin Amber took home a bronze, making it medal number 200 for the acclaimed Midwest brewery. The great brewing staff at Capital Brewery has been producing quality award winning beers for decades. Complete Story
 
3 Sheeps rolls out Nimble Lips, Noble Tongue(September 25) - In a month dominated by Oktoberfest seasonal beers, 3 Sheeps Brewing Co. is making its mark with something completely different — a beer that includes squid ink as an ingredient. Available in single 22 oz. bottles, Nimble Lips, Noble Tongue Volume 3 is an India pale ale style that pours dark, though distinct from the typical stout and porter dark colors. 3 Sheeps Brewing Website
 
Rogue to host Northwest largest cheese festival(September 25) - The country's top artisan, specialty and farmstead cheesemakers will take over the streets of southeast Portland for THE WEDGE! Hosted by the Oregon Cheese Guild and Rogue Ales & Spirits, this farmer's-market-style event provides attendees a rare opportunity to meet the nation's finest artisan cheesemakers and purchase their award-winning cheeses. The event will also feature more than 80 beers on tap, PDX wineries & spirits, cheese wheel bowling, pairing and plating classes and live music. Complete Story
 
21st Amendment's Bitter American Does Low-Alcohol Beer Proud(September 25) - Store-bought Bitter American only comes in cans, which is my preferred beer package, although I did pour one into a glass so I could go through the full sniff, sip, ponder routine. That's how I know it's a surprisingly deep color that reminds me of expensive apple juice. It doesn't produce much of a head. The aroma is very intense. Complete Story
 
Jolly Pumpkin brewery coming to Midtown Detroit(September 24) - A Jolly Pumpkin brewery is heading to Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood early next year. Dexter-based Northern United Brewing Co. LLC plans to open its fourth Jolly Pumpkin location in a 5,000-square-foot space in the historic Willys Overland Building in Midtown at 441 Canfield. Complete Story
 
Ohio surpasses 100 mark for breweries(September 24) - Pop the champagne. Wait, hold that cork. Crack open a good ole’ Ohio-made beer instead. Ohio has surpassed the 100-brewery mark -- a feat that not many states can brag about. Ohio now is home to 103 breweries, more than double the number from just three years ago, according to a Beacon Journal analysis of brewing licenses issued by the state. Complete Story
 
DryHop first brewery in Chicago to offer 32-ounce 'crowler' can(September 24) - Welcome to the future," Greg Shuff, owner of DryHop Brewers in Lakeview, said as he approached his brewery's new toy. He grabbed a disarmingly large 32-ounce aluminum can still missing a lid — the can was about the size of a baby's leg — and raised it to one of his six taps. He filled the can with Comrade Mendeleev, a moderate-alcohol porter, until the beer's thin foamy head bubbled just over the lip of the can. Complete Story
 
Swamp Head begins construction on new brewery, cans beers(September 24) - Shoppers might be surprised next time they browse their local grocery store’s beer selection — cans of Swamp Head Brewery’s “Stump Knocker” are now for sale. The local brew is now available in select Gainesville stores, including Publix, Ward’s Supermarket, Tipple’s Brews & Gator Beverage. As Swamp Head Brewery expands to a new location, other beers, including Wild Night, Cottonmouth, Big Nose IPA and Midnight Oil will be on store shelves. Complete Story
 
5 new breweries that have opened since last L.A. Beer Week(September 22) - The sixth annual L.A. Beer Week is here again, and the craft beer scene in Los Angeles has grown impressively in the last 12 months. New breweries have opened from the San Gabriel Valley to the South Bay and beyond. of your local brewery. Here are five craft brewers that have opened around the region since the last Beer Week; pop in and raise a pint to craft beer’s takeover of Los Angeles! Complete Story
 
Bell's Brewery founder makes Cubs his full-time job in 2014(September 22) - It was the Cubs' 75th home game of year, and that meant Larry Bell was at Wrigley Field for the 75th time this season. Bell, 56, is best known as the founder of Bell's Brewery, which has grown from a 1980s home brewing hobby in Kalamazoo, Mich., to the nation's seventh-largest craft brewery. His second vocation is equally dear: Cubs fan. Complete Story
 
Boulevard collaborates with Ommegang brewery for Collaboration No. 4(September 22) - Two of my favorite American breweries had a sort of merger last year when Duvel-Mortgaat bought Boulevard Brewery. A few worried Kansas Citians fretted over whether Boulevard’s new owners would change the brewery that this city has taken such pride in for a quarter century. Time has thus far shown that their fears were unfounded, but those of us who watched Duvel take over another cherished brewery, Ommegang of Cooperstown, New York, in 2003, were never particularly worried. Complete Story
  
Eternity Brewing pours on the charm in Howell, Michigan(September 22) - A dream has bubbled up into reality for two former mechanical engineers from Howell. Eternity Brewing, Livingston County's newest microbrewery, held its grand opening yesterday. The business at 4060 E. Grand River Ave. in Genoa Township joins Brewery Becker in Brighton and Howell's MainStreet Winery in the ranks of Livingston's microbreweries. Complete Story
 
New Akron brewery features old school name(September 22) - Ron Shea is going old school — real old school — when it comes to naming his new Akron, Ohio brewery. It’ll be the R. Shea Brewing Co. Who does he think he is? Complete Story
 
All About Beer Magazine Sold(September 22) - After 22 years of successfully running All About Beer Magazine and creating the popular World Beer Festivals, Daniel Bradford, president of Chautauqua, Inc. announced the sale of his business to the newly formed All About Beer LLC, a Triangle-based company led by Christopher Rice. The newly formed company will retain its headquarters in Durham, and maintain editorial offices in New York and San Francisco. Complete Story
 
Odell Brewing announces fall beers including Gramps Oatmeal Stout(September 22) - In September, 2014, Odell Brewing will celebrate the return of autumn with an array of fall brews including its new Fall-Winter Montage Variety Pack. The 12 pack features year-round favorites IPA and 5 Barrel Pale Ale, fall seasonal Isolation Ale, and the latest Roots Release beer, Gramps Oatmeal Stout. Complete Story
 
Avery Brewing Releases Pump[KY]n Bourbon Barrel-Aged Beer(September 22) - On Sunday Avery Brewing Company released its latest session beer. At 17.22% ABV, perhaps it’s not a “session beer” by most standards, but for a brewery releasing 6 beers that are over 16% ABV within a period of 5 months, this is right up their alley. Pump[KY]n may be a huge beer, though Founder and CEO Adam Avery says that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to find a bunch of friends to split a bottle. “I try to just limit myself to one per drinking session. So I’d call it a sessionable beer…your session just ends quicker.” Complete Story
 
Pabst Brewing Co. sold to Russian firm Oasis Beverages(September 20) - The global brewing business continued to resemble a shaken-up beer keg on Friday, as news of Pabst Brewing Co.'s sale to a Russian-based company made its way through Milwaukee, the city where Pabst's roots were first planted 170 years ago. Complete Story

Firestone-Walker's “Agrestic” Leads Charge for Remaining 2014 Liberations from Barrelworks(September 20) - This liberation begins its journey as DBA then continues through a “chrysalis” process involving 87% French and 13% American Oak barrels, and our proprietary collection of micro flora. To blend, we selected beer matured eight to 24 months in barrels, creating a synergistic beer. Immediately, toasted oak and lemon pith swirl on the nose and palate, followed by an amazing harmony of vanilla, coconut, Earl Grey tea and spice. The finish is crisp, with mouth-watering acidity and chewy tannins. For Info
 
Ice-cold, high-point beer a new niche for Utah brewery stores(September 19) - What can customers get at the new Red Rock Beer Store that’s not available at a state-run liquor facility? Cold beer! Jaron Anderson carts a pallet of bottles into the Red Rock Brewery in Salt Lake City. The Brewery's Beer Store opened a few months ago and allows customers to purchase high-point beers more than 4 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) that are just a few days old, and have been kept cold, unlike beer sent to state liquor stores, which do not have refrigeration. Complete Story
 
Oktoberfest in numbers(September 19) - 58 - The number of Oktoberfests that actually happened in October. These days, a September start is standard. Up until 1872, the Oktoberfest always began in October. But even then people pointed out that Munich’s heavy autumnal rainfall wasn’t conducive to excessive carousing. The first requests to move the Oktoberfest to sunnier September were made in 1828, but they weren’t granted until half a century later on the grounds that this would disrupt the gathering of local harvests. Complete Story
 
Anheuser-Busch InBev Trying to Buy SABMiller(September 18) - There's a global beer behemoth in the works. Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest beer maker by volume, is preparing itself to offer as much as $122 billion for SABMiller, which sells Castle, Miller, Peroni, and Foster's. The beer giant is currently discussing the financing of the deal with banks, according to reports by The Wall Street Journal. A merger between the two would create one company that controls nearly a third of the world's beer supply. Complete Story
 
Oskar Blues Brewery Listed on Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Private Companies(September 18) - Oskar Blues Brewery, the first craft brewery in the country to brew and hand-can its own beer, continued explosive growth in 2014 and earned a position in the top half of the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America. The average company on the list grew a mind-boggling 516 percent. Nine plus years of consecutive double digit growth catapulted Oskar Blues onto the list. Complete Story
 
Beer garden pops up at Denver airport(September 18) - You'll fit right in if you're wearing lederhosen or a dirndl at Denver International Airport during the next few weeks. This is Oktoberfest season and DIA is celebrating with a temporary beer garden set up in the center of the main terminal. Complete Story
 
Great Divide Head Brewer Taylor Rees Leaving to Open Brewery in Former Five Points DMV(September 18) - Like almost every driving adult in Denver, Great Divide head brewer Taylor Rees spent his fair share of time waiting in line at the drab Denver Motor Vehicles office on Welton Street in Five Points. Now, if his plans come to fruition, Rees, along with friends and business partners Austin Wiley and Darren Boyd, plan to spend many more hours -- days and months -- in that space. But the vibe will be very different -- and although you'll still need to show your identification, you won't need your registration or proof of insurance. The group will open Spangalang Brewery at 2736 Welton Street, hopefully next year. Complete Story
 
Ohio Beer ABV Limit Could Be A Snag In Stone Brewing Deal(September 16) - It could be later this year before the city of Columbus knows if it will be home to the east coast location of one of the country’s largest craft brewing companies – and the hundreds of jobs that come with it. Stone Brewing Company’s decision, in part, depends on whether state lawmakers change a current limit on alcohol content in beer. Complete Story

Boulevard and Brewery Ommegang Collaborate on Spiced Saison(September 16) - There is no sibling rivalry between Duvel Moortgat’s US-based Boulevard Brewing Company and Brewery Ommegang. The sister craft breweries recently partnered on Boulevard’s newest edition of its Collaboration series. Collaboration No. 4 is a Spiced Saison, which will be distributed in 750mL bottles and 1/6 barrel kegs throughout Boulevard’s distribution network later this month (Kansas City distribution begins on September 22nd for draught and September 23rd for bottles; other markets to follow soon after). Complete Story 
 

       

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Variety pack sales jump as beer drinkers seek choices(September 15) - At its very core, craft beer is about variety. Drowning in a sea of light lagers, America’s independent brewers set about to offer consumers choice, using their restless minds and boundless creativity to connect with a thirsty and curious public. Complete Story
     
CU football: Buffs add two beer gardens at Folsom Field(September 14) - For the first time since 1995, beer will be flowing outside the club level at Folsom Field on Saturday night. In an email sent Thursday to season-ticket holders, University of Colorado athletic director Rick George announced the expansion of beer sales through the addition of two beer gardens on the west side of the stadium. Complete Story
 
Flowing Beer Can Lead To Flow Of Cash For Colleges, But Raises Public Health Concerns(September 14) - The controversial highway billboards featuring the Husky mascot next to a Coors beer bottle caused a stir in Connecticut this past week, but they also placed UConn among a number of schools across the country that have associated with beer companies to boost their sports budgets. Complete Story
 
What’s brewing on Cape Cod, MA(September 14) - Naukabout joins another Cape brewing company, Hyannis’s Cape Cod Beer, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The name Naukabout comes from Conley’s father, who, after a long day at work, used to tell his sons to change out of their “work-a-bout” shoes and into their “nauk-a-bouts,” an accented version of the term “knockabouts.” The name is a play on the leisure-time activities associated with trips over the Bourne and Sagamore. Complete Story
 
Anchorage Brewing Co. building a forever home(September 13) - On the back of a black label stuck to a corked, Belgian-style beer bottle, 38-year-old Gabe Fletcher penned his gratitude to Gary Klopfer, the owner of Anchorage's Snow Goose Restaurant and Sleeping Lady Brewing Co. "In 2010 I had the crazy idea of opening my own brewery," it says. "The way it came together was even crazier." The brew -- bottled this summer and named simply "Thank You" -- has sold all over the world. Complete Story 

    

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